Australian Perspectives on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

Guest researcher Tania Voon (University of Melbourne) will present the ongoing negotiations on the trade agreement between countries on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a ‘new generation’ trade and investment agreement currently under negotiation by 12 Pacific rim countries representing a quarter of world trade and a third of world GDP, including Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, and the United States. In a time of lower global economic growth, the TPP has the potential to create new trade and investment opportunities for the 12 parties.

However, concerns have been raised about the secrecy of its negotiation and the breadth and depth of its content. In this seminar, Professor Voon will discuss implications of the TPP for Australia in the global context, covering such issues as the proposed ‘carve-out’ of tobacco, regulatory coherence, and investor-state dispute settlement.

Tania Voon is Professor at Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne. She is a former Legal Officer of the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO). She  published widely in the areas of public international law and international economic law.

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Tags: Trade
Published Sep. 7, 2015 3:59 PM - Last modified Jan. 14, 2016 8:55 AM